April Irving Released on Bail in Milk River Animal Cruelty Case

April Irving, 59

A former southern Alberta woman accused in an animal cruelty case from more than four years ago being released from custody on Friday (May 10).

April Irving, 59, was released on $1000 bail with the conditions that she live under supervision in Milk River, and that she cannot be the primary caregiver of any animals.

Irving is facing 13 counts of animal cruelty after more than 200 dogs were seized from a rural property near Milk River back in 2015. It's alleged that some of the dogs died, while others were emaciated and in poor physical condition.

Irving left the country after the initial charges were laid, living in Jamaica for a time, before she was re-arrested in Manitoba earlier this year.

She is expected back in Lethbridge Provincial Court on May 27.

Results from a recent psychiatric evaluation also determined that Irving can be found criminally responsible for her actions, and is able to stand trial.

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